The countdown has begun for the celebration of hundred years of resilience, untiring effort and commitment for education and imparting knowledge. In University of Mysore (UoM) preparations are under way in full tilt for its Golden Jubilee celebrations to make it a remarkable and memorable experience in the recorded history.
Going down the memory lane of the university’s legendary history, the princely state of Mysore was ruled by the far sighted rulers of the Wadiyar Dynasty. From the ancient times Mysore has given priority to education, welfare of women and children, agriculture as well as industries. Thus it came into the limelight and made its distinguished mark as a model state. Back then, all the institutions of higher education and colleges within the Mysore state were under the administration of Madras Presidency, and were functioning under the Madras University. Realizing the administration difficulties, the far sighted ruler of Mysore Rajrish Nalwadi Krishnaraja and Dewan Sir M. Visvevaraya came up with the idea of starting a university in Mysore. Even though the idea was not warmly welcomed and was rejected, the steadfast Maharaja appointed two educationists C.R Reddy and Thomas Denhem and others to undertake a research on higher education around the world, for a duration of five years. As a result of this research University of Mysore was structured on the model of other established universities, which had the chief aim of promoting research and extending knowledge among people. V. Najundaiah was elected as the first vice-chancellor of UoM because of the unparalleled, significant role played by him in establishing the university. The university holds pride in many dimensions. It is the only university in the country to be started under the royal patronage. It is also the sixth university in the country and the second university in South Asia, and the first university in Karnataka state.
To celebrate the Golden Jubilee in a glorifying manner, the present Vice Chancellor of the university K.S Rangappa has appointed a centenary celebration committee. The committee consists of MPs, the former Prime Minister H.D Deve Gowda, former vice chancellors, litterateurs and other distinguished scientists. After rigorous discussion the committee has come up with some projects. They also have decided to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the centenary celebration as it marks an event of great significance in the history of University of Mysore. During the University’s alumni association and event organized to lay the foundation stone for the School of Planning and Architecture, which was held at Crawford Hall, Dr.K.S Rangappa requested former Prime Minister Deve Gowda to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be a part of this remarkable event. The request was readily accepted by the former minister.
It is the only university in the country to be started under the royal patronage. It is also the sixth university in the country and the second university in South Asia, and the first university in Karnataka state.
Maintaining its status “Country’s Pride”, lot of projects have already been put into action for the Varsity’s 100th anniversary. The centenary logo and the web portal were launched on 3rd September 2014 at Crawford hall, Mysore. The wife of late Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadeyar, Pramoda Devi Wadeyar holds the honor of designing the centenary logo. She was smart enough to embed all the salient features of the university’s history till date, in the logo. As per her description the ‘Naa’ in Kannada and ‘K’ and ‘R’ in English is an abbreviation of Nalwadi Krishnaraja the founder of University of Mysore, and symbolizes his contribution in uplifting the University. Only three colors have been used in the logo. They are maroon, blue and yellow. Maroon Color glorifies the growth of the university where as the blue symbolizes the color of the blazer while the color yellow denotes the Kannada flag. The graduation cap also finds a place at the center of the logo accentuating the university’s potentiality for excellence. ’Nahi jaanena Sadrusham’ the motto comes in the head of the logo while ‘Mysooru Vishwa Vidyalaya’ is engraved at the bottom. Simultaneously the web portal that was launched in audio visual form incorporates all the features of the Varsity, its past, present and future plans, and its achievements.
In addition to all this, internationally renowned film maker Shyam Benegal is expected to conceptualize a documentary. This documentary will depict the past, present and the future of the university. The University has also planned to build a technology driven international center. A planetarium, an interactive museum was planned to be set up. The other projects include issuing of a coffee table book and composing a centenary theme song and a historical theme play. A booklet of all the vice-chancellors of the university will be published as a token of respect for the untiring effort taken by them to bring the University of Mysore to a position it currently hails. An International center for physical biology, chemical biology has also been planned in association with the International Education Institution. The main campus at Manasagangotri will be renovated, extending the facilities it already has. Electronic display boards, Bus Shelters, Parking lots and countdown clock at Crawford Hall were proposed to be implemented.
The University has already created bank accounts under the name “University of Mysore Centenary Celebration Fund 1916-2016 Accounts “and the generous donors are requested to contribute for the Golden Jubilee Celebrations, to become a part of the historic moment. B.N Bahadur, an NRI who donated 2.5 crores several years ago, for establishing Bahadur Institute of Management Studies in Manasagangothri Campus and his wife Rani Bahadur, both past students of University of Mysore were appointed as the brand ambassadors for the centenary celebration.
The much awaited celebration will commence from January 2015 and the countdown has begun for the grand occasion that is going to happen in the recorded history of the University of Mysore. I consider myself really lucky because, as a foreign student I too have got a great opportunity to become a part of this rare occasion which is also a ‘Once in a life time experience’. May this Centenary celebration add more vibrancy to University of Mysore that holds a benchmark in the field of education and may it reach greater heights in the years to come further proving it’s potentiality for excellence.